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Money for Sandy Recovery Won't go to Smith Island

Aerial view of Smith Island (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16) Aerial view of Smith Island (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)

CRISFIELD, Md. (AP)-     State officials say federal grant money for Marylanders whose homes were damaged during Superstorm Sandy will not go to people who live on Smith Island.

Officials said in a meeting this week in Crisfield that $8.6 million will be directed to Somerset County for recovery efforts. Of that total, $5 million will go toward rehabilitating and elevating houses in Crisfield and other areas hit hard by the storm.

But officials say none of the rehab money will go to Smith Island, which studies show is sinking. Instead, $2 million will be used for buyouts on the island. The county is also considering financial incentives to islanders who take buyouts and move elsewhere in the county.

Residents feel like they are politely being asked to leave the place they call home. 

"Sounds like to me that they want us to leave. They're not doing anything to protect us to stay here and Tangier, they're doing sea wall, bulking it in and through insurance and FEMA, I think, they're raising their homes up," says Maxine Landon from Rhodes Point.

"The money is not the issue. The issue is the stipulation that you're not worthy of it. That is the issue with me. The money has nothing to do with it that is not the point at all," says John Tyler from Rhodes Point.



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